A Long-Standing Housing Goal
One of Grove Farm’s long-standing goals is providing housing for local residents. In our earliest days, George Wilcox constructed plantation camps to house employees. Eventually, house and lot packages were developed, and Grove Farm was the first plantation statewide to offer employees the ability to purchase their homes.
Today, Grove Farm continues its focus on residential development with the island’s residents in mind. These communities naturally grew around areas with convenient access to commerce, civic centers, schools and facilities that make a community a community.
Take, for example, the community of Koloa. Grove Farm developed over 245 lots – many which were focused on its employees – which included Waikomo and Kōloa Block. Our future development of Waihohonu will also be located near the town core to allow for walkability to the markets, school, post office, stores, banks, churches, and other amenities you would find in a community. Increased walkability to hubs of business takes cars off the road and relieves Kaua’i’s growing traffic problems.
Sustainable Communities Projects
In today’s world, offering a range of housing opportunities with mixed land use and walkable neighborhoods is key to a sustainable community. This concept holds true in our Lihuʻe-Hanamaulu-Puhi Master Plan Community. Smart Growth principles include a choice of housing opportunities such as single-family dwellings like Hokulei Estates, multi-family units such as Halelani and Hookena, duplexes including Regency at Huleʻia and Halemalu, and an assisted living community with the Regency at Puakea. All of these residential units are in close proximity to the middle school, community college, restaurants, retail establishments, offices, and recreational activities.
Planning and Collaboration
Planning for a sustainable community involves much more than simply land planning practices. It involves the conscious decision to engage in sustainable practices for energy, water, food, health, species, and historic sites. By having these components, we can move forward towards a happy and healthy community for all.